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1A from WAMU and NPR is a new show for a changing America. Every day, host Joshua Johnson convenes a conversation about the most important issues of our time.

The show takes a deep and unflinching look at America, bringing context and insight to stories unfolding across the country and the world.

With a name inspired by the 1st amendment, 1A explores important issues such as policy, politics, technology, and what connects us across the fissures that divide the country. The program also delves into pop culture, sports, and humor.

1A’s goal is to act as a national mirror—taking time to help America look at itself and to ask what it wants to be. 1A is produced at WAMU 88.5, and distributed by NPR.

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With guest host John Donvan.

A special election for a Senate seat in Alabama is being billed as “Trump vs. Trumpland”.

The race pits two leading Republicans against each other. The president favors Luther Strange, who was appointed to the seat after President Trump tapped then-Senator Jeff Sessions to become U.S. Attorney General. Strange is widely accepted as the GOP establishment pick, and he also has the backing of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Friday News Roundup - International

Sep 22, 2017

With guest host John Donvan.

Many Mexicans are holding onto hope that missing relatives and friends will soon be accounted for among the rubble left by a devastating earthquake this week. Meanwhile, another powerful storm threatens the safety of residents in the Caribbean.

Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Sep 22, 2017

With guest host John Donvan.

A new push to replace the Affordable Care Act is afoot, and the heaviest debate over the legislation is between its sponsor, Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, and late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel.

For some Americans, it’s become more unlikely that they will out-earn their parents the way their parents out-earned the previous generation.

Manafort In The Middle

Sep 21, 2017

Paul Manafort helped chart Donald Trump’s path to White House. But long before the lawyer-slash-lobbyist-turned-campaign chairman was a part of Trump’s team, he was a name known to the FBI.

JAY-Z couldn’t even co-sign for me

I do what I want, ’cause I’m signed to me

I get the, I get the, I get the bag

They get the bag, had to cut it in half

Stop the comparin’, y’all makin’ me laugh

Need the rehab, I’m addicted to cash…

-Gucci Mane, “I Get The Bag” (2017)

President Donald Trump addressed the world Tuesday morning from the United Nations General Assembly, an organization he has criticized in the past.

As expected, the remarks echoed the president’s nationalist platform. At the podium, he reminded world leaders, “I will always put America first just like you, the leaders of your countries, should put your countries first.” The president called the Iran nuclear deal “embarrassing” and threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea “if forced.”

As with most things President Trump does, this drew mixed reactions.

LOL, Politics

Sep 18, 2017

Most people in the West Wing are good with words. But sometimes comedy is harder than politics.

President Donald Trump skipped his first White House Correspondents’ Dinner while in office, passing up an opportunity to give a speech that has traditionally been very lighthearted. Can we expect his speeches to make a foray into funny territory?

The Emmys Make History

Sep 18, 2017

Last night’s Emmy Awards had several firsts:

Propaganda In Your Politics

Sep 18, 2017

Americans are free to believe anything they want — even what’s reported on a cable news channel funded by the Kremlin. The U.S. federal government considers Russia Today (RT) propaganda and wants it to register as a foreign agent.